The Vision for the Roux Campus
The Roux Campus will foster a new high tech economy that will provide unprecedented opportunities for all Mainers in a manner that honors and enriches the Maine lifestyle and culture.
A NEW ERA
for Portland's Waterfront
“The Roux Campus will be on a coastal property which will be restored from its industrial condition to a much more natural state.”
— Chuck Hewett, Executive Director of the Roux Family Foundation and IDEALS
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The Roux Campus will be a paradigm for 21st-century education with urban, sustainable, and resilient design. Near and long-term planning supports a vibrant campus environment with views and connections to the waterfront, a variety of public spaces, and site access via bike paths, walkways, and the public pier. Creation of a new campus provides the opportunity to establish a people-oriented space right from the start.
Key principles of the design approach include:
Connected to the Waterfront, Portland, & Beyond
Places to Gather
A Sustainable & Resilient Campus
The Roux Campus will be developed in phases with the first phase likely to include learning, research and collaboration spaces, lab and office space for collaborating partners, an entrepreneurial incubator, faculty and student housing, and a small campus hotel. Additional collaboration, commercial and retail spaces will be added as this multi-purpose development becomes fully realized.
One of the first changes visible to the public will be waterfront restoration, three acres of permanent open space and new connections to the Back Cove, Eastern Promenade and mid-town trails. Vehicles will be limited to portions of the perimeter of the Campus in preference for open space with walking paths to preserve the restored beauty of the site. The pedestrian-friendly landscape will prioritize people over cars.
A SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT Campus
Extending BENEFITS to East Deering
The Roux Campus will host a diverse community of students, faculty, residents, and employees - all likely to fan out into East Deering's restaurants, stores, bars, and retail shops. IDEALS will work to ensure that the area becomes a vibrant and attractive extension of the East Deering neighborhood.
Waterfront restoration and public access will be an exciting neighborhood asset with new public spaces for all to enjoy.